Nearly a year ago, May 2006 to be precise, I made my first ever Just Like Music blog entry and it was about podcasts. Eleven months have passed, things have come and gone, I’m still listening to podcasts, but are you?
I’ve always maintained that the functionality of podcasts has a lot to do with when you may get the opportunity to listen to them. Fortunately for me (or perhaps unfortunately?!) I have to spend nearly two hours a day on trains, so I spend a lot of that time listening to new albums and… podcasts. These bad-boys have really exploded now. A year ago it was bedroom DJs, the select label, and some radio stations pumping them out – but now every record label, radio show, artist, DJ, club night, and blogger has one! So, now we are spolit for choice, but with this gift comes a great burden, which ones to download?! I can help there.
Firstly, to all of those people still ignorant to podcasts: check yo’ self, before one wrecks thine self! If you think podcasts cost money, they very rarely do, from personal experience only Ricky Gervais’s podcast costs any money. If you think downloading podcasts is complicated, please understand that the very existence of podcasts is to counter the effort of individually checking sites periodically and manually downloading files. If you use iTunes it is as simple as clicking a button or pasting a URL just the once, after which iTunes will check daily (without any user prompt) if there are new episodes of the ‘casts you are subscribed to available – if there is, it will grab them for you. Minimal effort, minimal fuss.
On to some podcasts you should check out. I have a list of feed URLs in the sidebar of this blog, although I do need to update that, but below I shall give the actual webpage URL and details on some podcasts I have discovered since last years blog entry (which you should def visit for details on those classics).
>>justlikepodcast – Yup, this is the podcast for this blog. Weekly (or there abouts) I upload a new one containing a selection of tracks that have been catching my ear for the past week. Usually a blend of hip-hop, electronica, funk, jazz, anything really, but be sure to let me know what you think!
The FADER Magazine – This is quite a unique one, if you subscribe through iTunes, not only do you get the 40 min long audio podcast that accompanies this mag, but you can download the PDF of the latest issue. So as you listen to the sounds fresh from the streets… you can also read about them too!
Funkydown Podcast – One of my favs at the moment. Dr Rubberfunk hits us fortnightly with an hour of solid funk gold. Unlike my podcast, he actually speaks, which is cool. The doc has regular features too, like the big band brawl and an album of the week, a good listen indeed.
Diesler Podcast – Less frequently, but equally as enjoyable, Tru Thoughts’ Diesler releases a monthly podcast of funk and latin sounds in a leftfield style. This one has it all, guests, chit-chat, remixes, live mixes, rare sounds, fresh sounds, you name it!
Tru Thoughts – The Brighton label now have their own podcast and it is a great way to hear just what is going on with those guys. The first one was presented by label head Robert Luis and he explained where the label has come from and where it’s going, all the while sharing the rich sounds from then and now. A must have to keep in the know.
RiotControl NYC – I featured Sonny Noir, presenter of this podcast, in a blog entry a while back. This one comes out monthly, but is well worth the wait! With Burt Fox on the turntables, anything could happen, but it will always be good. From hip-hop to soul to electronica and back again, anything goes and it sounds good.
Plug Research – These dudes release little mixes here and there to promote their new releases, so good to be subscribed just to hear what the new stuff sounds like. Plug Research ARE the sound of L.A., home to Flying Lotus, The Lifeforce Trio and Old Podrida to name a few.
Gilles Peterson Worldwide – This fella needs no introduction, but he releases a podcast sometimes monthly… sometimes fortnightly. Recent episodes have included the guests; Nostalgia 77, Skream, 4hero, and Pete from BBE. Genuinely interesting conversations and genuinely educational in a very relaxed manner! A valuable podcast for sure.
Fat City Recordings – Manchester based store and label Fat City have their own podcast too. Usually an hour long and containing fantastic mixes, somewhat in a similar vein to Ninja Tune’s Solid Steel podcast. These guys have been the music lovers alternative to straight up dance in the Manchester area and beyond for years.
Eardrums Shall Fail – The amazing Linda shares with us what she is digging whenever she can be arsed. Can contain anything from RJD2, Georgia Ann Mudlrow, to obscure Japanese pop or indie rock. They’ll always be something that will catch your ear. A good opportunity to grab things that might ordinarily not show up on your aural radar.
dublab – A collective of dudes that couldn’t give a shit how weird things can get, but if you enjoy it, then that’s even better. Not everything they kick out hits the spot with me, but quite often it does! Regularly features Daedelus, Frosty, Carlos Nino, Egon, and plenty more talented folk. Nowhere better for genuine alternative music.
Do make sure you check out my original podcast blog entry too, cos that contains the links for podcasts such as; Stones Throw, Solid Steel, IndieFeed Hip Hop and KCRW’s Today’s Top Tune. Similarly, if you know of any decent podcasts that I haven’t mentioned, I’d love to hear about them. Also don’t be afraid to ask questions, I want you to be able to make use of these things too, so if you still haven’t got a clue how to get started with podcasts, give me a shout.